Intel chief Otellini recently expressed his excitement over the upcoming Windows 8.
Intel Big On Windows 8 Despite ARM Support
Windows 8 will come with support for the ARM chip architecture. This will very effectively end the Intel domination over the Windows market with more tablets being designed for Windows 8 with ARM inside them instead of Intel inside them. Tablets are also expected to outsell traditional PC’s in what is increasingly being called the ‘post-pc’ era. However, all of this does not seem to both Intel at all.
Instead, Intel sees this an opportunity to enter the tablet market more decisively with a solution that has been built from the ground up to be tablet-friendly. Otellini called Windows 8 a “very good operating system” for PC’s and tablets.
According to the Intel CEO, their optimism in the platform lies in legacy support. ARM processors won’t be able to run legacy software. And as many experts will tell you — Windows is nothing if not its legacy software. Legacy is support such a deeply rooted problem and feature in Windows that most of us depend on it without realizing it. Without it, Windows would not have the market presence that it has.
Important legacy software such as Photoshop, Premiere, Cubase, Nuendo, etc. won’t be running on ARM when Windows 8 comes out next year. ARM is not powerful enough to run such heavy applications. There are also other legacy apps that entire enterprises depend on that won’t immediately get ported to ARM for various reasons. So some tablet makers will no doubt be choosing x86 to make tablets that support legacy apps and they are very likely to choose Intel. The chipmaker has been associated to Windows 8 in the public conscious ever since the inception. Also, they will have a very well designed chip for Windows 8 by the time is launches.
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